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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

New York Times Book News



Bookends: Which Books Do You Read Over and Over Again? 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:30:01 GMT 
    Dana Stevens and Rivka Galchen discuss the books they return to, and why.








Paul Beatty, Author of ‘The Sellout,’ on Finding Humor in Issues of Race 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:44:27 GMT 
    Mr. Beatty’s satirical take on race spares no person or piety.








Review: ‘Lucky Alan,’ Jonathan Lethem’s Dreamlike Tales of Seclusion 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:22:33 GMT 
    The people in this collection of stories tend to live in their own fortresses of solitude, cut off by fate, choice or temperament.








‘Why Not Say What Happened,’ by Morris Dickstein 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:32:04 GMT 
    A memoir mixes biography and intellectual history.








Irvine Welsh’s ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’ 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:32:04 GMT 
    Irvine Welsh’s tale of abduction and mutual obsession.








‘The Age of Dignity,’ by Ai-jen Poo With Ariane Conrad 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:32:04 GMT 
    Changing how society deals with caregiving.








Laura van den Berg’s ‘Find Me’ 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:32:04 GMT 
    Laura van den Berg’s heroine picks her way across an American wasteland, searching for the mother who abandoned her.








Bookends: James Baldwin Denounced Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son’ As a ‘Protest Novel.’ Was He Right? 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:32:04 GMT 
    Ayana Mathis and Pankaj Mishra discuss Baldwin’s indictment of “Native Son,” which was published 75 years ago.








ArtsBeat: Marina Abramovic to Publish a Memoir in 2016 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:09:30 GMT 
    The book, to be published by Crown Archetype, will coincide with the artist’s 70th birthday.








‘Please Stop Helping Us’ and ‘Shame’ 
  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:00:01 GMT 
    Two black conservatives argue that a sense of victimhood, not social forces, creates problems for African-Americans.








Books of The Times: Review: In Olen Steinhauer’s ‘All the Old Knives,’ Exes Recall Love and Blood 
  Sun, 01 Mar 2015 21:55:33 GMT 
    In this thriller, former lovers and colleagues in espionage meet at a California restaurant to recall a tryst and resurrect memories of a hostage crisis.








Yasar Kemal, Master Turkish Novelist and Strident Political Critic, Is Dead 
  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:09:05 GMT 
    Mr. Kemal repeatedly clashed with the Turkish state while emerging as his country’s first novelist of global stature.








ArtsBeat: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Elliot Ackerman’s ‘Green on Blue’ 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:58:14 GMT 
    Tom Bissell discusses “Green on Blue,” and John Hooper talks about “The Italians.”








Paperback Row 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:52:09 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.


Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:51:57 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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